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10 The Arts Under the Spanish Rulers (1535–1706)

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The jumbled vitality that had characterized the arts in the State of Milan over the first few decades of Spanish rule, found new order thanks to the will of Carlo Borromeo, the nephew of pope Pius IV and future saint, called in 1564 to oversee one of the largest archdiocese in the whole of the Italian peninsula. In Instructiones fabricae et suppellectilis ecclesiasticae, Borromeo radically intervened on every detail of religious buildings: from the initial plan to its architectural elements, from the sculptural and painted decorations to the liturgical furnishings. In a different chronological and cultural context, another crucial figure emerged, Cesare Pagani who was the driving force behind many artistic creations at the eve of the eighteenth century, between the Spanish era and the Austrian era. This chapter presents an overview of the arts in Lombardy followed by a discussion on Pagani.

Keywords: Carlo Borromeo; Cesare Pagani; Lombard art; Lombardy; Milan; Spanish rule



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